Disney's 'Toy Story' spinoff banned in 14 countries over same-sex kiss: report

The film is banned in many Muslim-majority nations where homosexuality is illegal or greatly frowned upon

Updated: June 13, 2022 - 9:46pm

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Disney will be unable to show "Lightyear," the latest Pixar movie in the "Toy Story" franchise, in at least 14 Middle Eastern and Asian countries due to homosexual content in the film, Reuters reported. 

The Disney movie's future is still uncertain in China, the largest global movie market.

A "Lightyear" producer told the outlet that Chinese officials asked for cuts to the film, but Disney declined. The producer said she assumed the movie would not open there either.

The animated children's film features a female friend of space range Buzz Lightyear who marries another woman, and a kiss is seen on camera.

The United Arab Emirates banned the film, saying the relationship violated its content standards.

The film is also banned in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and Lebanon, all of which are Muslim-majority nations where homosexuality is illegal or greatly frowned upon.

"Lightyear" producer Galyn Susman said it is "frustrating," but she remained determined show the film in its original form.

"We're not going to cut out anything, especially something as important as the loving and inspirational relationship that shows Buzz what he's missing by the choices that he's making, so that's not getting cut," Susman told Reuters at the film's London premiere. 

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